City Mobility has used local funding to employ an outreach mobility advisor and pilot a new service for older people and those with reduced mobility living in small towns and rural villages across the Highlands, Moray and Grampian.
The Highland Employment Recruitment Offer (HERO) is funded by the Highland Council and the Scottish Government under the No One Left Behind and Young Person’s Guarantee Funding Streams.
It helps people of all work ages and with the greatest barriers to employment secure and stay in jobs.
City Mobility’s new service will help people by making the availability of mobility scooters more accessible in rural locations where local towns (within the City Mobility dealership area) don’t have access to, or can’t sustain, a permanent mobility shop helping people who can’t easily travel to its specialist showroom in Inverness.
Carol Elliot, City Mobility’s managing director, said it is something she has always wanted to trial since being involved in the mobility business.
“Coming from a rural area I’m aware how hard it is for people to get to Inverness or Aberdeen to see a range of mobility scooters and have a test drive, so we aim to take a smaller version of our mobility showroom for one day only to local areas so people don’t have to travel too far,” she said.
“The aim is to run pop-up shops and attending events to showcase the benefits using a mobility scooter. We would welcome businesses such as garden centres and cafes that would be happy to rent a space to us to get in touch.
“We are also happy, once restrictions are lifted, to work with community organisations and sheltered housing complexes etc running social events that would welcome us,” she added.
As well as selling, servicing and repairing private mobility scooters and powerchairs and fitting specialist car adaptations, City Mobility is also the only retailer based in the region that provides mobility equipment through the Motability lease scheme.